As expected, the Microsoft Flight Simulator world update has now been made available for free to all owners of the new flight simulator. World Update II focuses on the USA, with enhancements to the elevation maps, aerial imagery, new airports and various brand new points of interest added. In addition to the world update, version 220.127.116.11 of Microsoft Flight Simulator also brings improvements to performance and other UI improvements.
World Update II: USA
The United States of America has seen a huge update within the simulator with the latest update. As shown off on the Flight Simulator blog, vast parts of the region have seen improvements to both the elevation data and the aerial imagery. The maps shared indicate the current elevation data used in the simulator. The darker the shade, the better the level of detail. Washington, California and New York all appear to have the highest levels of detail for the elevation, with other most others areas still seeing 16m elevation data. In the second map shared, aerial imagery has also been updated in areas across California, Washington, Florida, Texas and many others.
In addition to elevation and aerial imagery, four brand new hand-crafted airports have been added free of charge to all versions of the simulator. These airports are Atlanta International (KATL), Friday Harbor (KFHR), Dallas / Fort Worth International Airport (KDFW) and also New York Stewart International Airport (KSWF). Furthermore, there have been an additional 50 new points of interest added. Such additions include Chimney Rock, the White House, Fort Knox, Hoover Dam, Kennedy Space Center and also Rainbow Bridge. The full list is down below.
As mentioned, the update also includes an array of improvements to the simulator itself. The number of changes is somewhat significant with even more performance and stability improvements and also fixes to fuel consumption in the Boeing 747-8 and the Airbus 320neo. The general aviation aircraft also saw a few improvements with the Cessna 152 having 5% more elevator authority and the EXTRA 330LT seeing the engine reactivity increased. For those who have the Honeycomb Aeronautical Bravo Throttle on its way, the simulator will now recognise the unit with a new preset for GA twins.
The whole list of changes, again, can be found down below.
To get the latest update for Microsoft Flight Simulator, launch the sim from your PC and simply allow the simulator to update. Once again, World Update II: USA is a free update for all those who own the simulator through any platform.